Director-writer Pushpdeep Bhardwaj best known for his writing and direction in the film ‘Jalebi’ is currently garnering praises for the recently released web series ‘Ranjish Hi Sahi’ starring Tahir Raj Bhasin, Amala Paul and Amrita Puri, currently streaming on Voot. The story, based around a flailing director caught between a devoted wife and a sizzling superstar, is written and directed by Pushpdeep Bhardwaj.
“The response from the people has been overwhelming. It's a slow burn, emotional roller-coaster which leaves you with heavy heart in the end. This genre wasn't touched for a while so it was a great opportunity for us to come up with something like this. With consecutive shows of thriller and crime dramas, this show feels like a breath of fresh air. It is a genre changing for audiences," he says.
“I didn't want to set the story in today's times because it won't enliven the audiences much. Therefore, the love story blooms in the 70s which is contrasting from today's love generation, a world full of dating apps. Thus, I was quite sure about the backdrop of my show of keeping it in 70s world," he adds.
Critics and audiences alike have found several similarities between the character played by Tahir Raj Bhasin and Bharadwaj’s mentor, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. Bharadwaj says that Bhatt contributed to that idea, by sharing some anecdotes from his life.
“Mahesh sir asked me what I want to do next. I said I'll write something and then he told me that he has some 5 pages of anecdotes of his life to share. All this happened so randomly,” Bharadwaj says.
"He really loved the show the way I have put in my colours and executed it. He is like a life coach and he gave me complete freedom to make the film. Basically, if I'm Harry Potter he is my Dumbledore. He already knew what I want to create in it. He is very clear that the director is the captain of the ship. He really loved the show and never doubted my capabilities," he signs off.